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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:44

Local Farmer Supports Sanilac County through America's Farmers Grow Communities

(SANDUSKY) -- A local farmer has helped the Sanilac County FFA and the Sanilac County FFA Alumni organizations better serve their community with a $5,000 donation. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the America's Farmers Grow Communities program provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. With certain counties declared natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to drought, the donation doubled to $5,000. The USDA declared Sanilac County a disaster area in 2012, allowing Cliff Gordon the opportunity to choose two organizations. The Sanilac County FFA plans to use their $2,500 grant from Monsanto to teach youth season extension production techniques. The Sanilac County FFA Alumni will direct their $2,500 grant toward materials for a permanent building at the Sanilac County 4-H Fairgrounds in Sandusky to house the Life's Greatest Miracle Birth exhibit at the fair. The group has organized and staffed the Miracle of Birth tent at the fairgrounds for several years, allowing visitors the chance to witness the live births of calves, piglets, chickens, and horses. This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through the Grow Communities program.